As I stare at the sky I am lost
Though my thoughts are gifted
Hole in my heart
Empty void
Something is missing
Stuck expression on my face
Shows content
Smoking and poetry is a way to vent
Trying to take your life
Funny how
A man of flesh and blood
Intertwines with fate
No confusion with faith
Not a drug dealer
But will make a way
Through my life of misfortune
Words of wisdom
Torture my soul
My flesh my prison
Of course I’m nothing
Just a passing wind

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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